Giants’ Joc Pederson drives 3 homers and 7 runs in the Mets v. Wild Slug Fest.


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San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson became the fifth player to hit three home runs in a major league baseball season in a 13-12 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night (box score).

Pederson hit two home runs in the 3rd and early 5th innings, helping San Francisco lead 8-2. However, the Giants gave up the lead late, and the Mets eventually took an 11-8 lead as part of an eight-inning rally that included a triple from shortstop Francisco Lindor (who previously threw a two-run homer). in-game) as well as timely hits from Starling Marte and Dominic Smith.

The Giants counterattacked Pederson in the bottom of the eighth, as Pederson fired a three-run shot, the third home run of the night, for an RBI total of 7, tying the game 11-11. The Giants later loaded the base but couldn’t push the progress across the plate. The Mets took a 12-11 lead in the bottom of the ninth, but Pederson scored an equalizer in the eighth minute to score his eighth RBI. The Giants won the Brandon Crawford single plated Darin Ruf.

Pederson, 30, batted .229/.296/.479 (119 OPS+) for the season with seven home runs and three additional base hits on Tuesday night. Giants manager Gabe Kapler has meticulously maintained Pederson’s at-bat appearance to date, with more than 90% of his at-bat appearances against right-handed pitchers. It was and remains a wise decision based on Pederson’s historical platoon split.

Before Pederson’s big outing, the four hitters who hit three home runs in one game were Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays), Anthony Rizzo (Yankees), Trevor Story (Red Sox), and Josh Rojas (Diamondbacks). Story and Rojas each had a hat-trick last week, meaning three of the season’s five home runs occurred within seven days.

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